Seven experts from across Stewarts’ private client focused areas have been listed in the latest edition of Tatler HNW. The guide is in its second year, with two Stewarts experts being listed in 2020.

Tatler’s website describes the guide as “Tatler’s trusted network of influential private client experts, all at the pinnacle of their profession. From Family Law to Property, our hub of elite practitioners have the gilt-edged expertise necessary to advise UHNW and HNW individuals.”

Emma Hatley and Helen Ward are recommended in the family law section of the guide for the second year. This year, Debbie Chism makes her debut in the family section, joining Helen and Emma.

Helen’s profile says she is “described by leading independent legal directories as ‘superb in every way’, ‘extraordinary and brilliant’, ‘absolutely a class act’, and ‘the first choice for the rich and famous’.” You can find her profile here.

Emma is “admired for her sound judgment, technical expertise and engaging personality”, and her recognition as a Star Individual in the legal directories is mentioned. Her profile can be found here.

Making her debut in the guide is former Spear’s Family Lawyer of the Year Debbie Chism, who is described as “an absolute star performer”. She is praised for her recent high-profile landmark case regarding ‘special contribution’, which effectively shut down this argument for financially stronger parties. Her profile can be found here.

James Price, Geoff Kertesz, Lisa Vanderheide and Sarah Stenton make their debuts in the Tax and Trusts advisors section.

Geoff Kertesz and James Price feature in the newly formed Contentious Trusts and Estates category.

Head of Trust and Probate Litigation, James Price, is praised for having “built on an already distinguished reputation, earning praise for his ‘entrepreneurial commercialism’, ‘work of the highest quality’ and ‘unsurpassed dedication’ to his clients”. James’s profile can be found here.

Geoff Kertesz joined the “phenomenal” Trust and Probate Litigation team at Stewarts in August 2020, and is mentioned as being “renowned for his ‘proactive’ and ‘practical’ approach to solving the ‘intractable problems’ within his field”. He is dual-qualified in England and Wales and California. His profile can be found here.

Lisa Vanderheide, a Tax Director in the Tax Investigations team, is praised for her collaborative approach to working with HMRC on behalf of her clients. The team is noted for its recognition in The Legal 500, being described as “a perfect blend of cut and thrust litigation experience”, which is “coupled with deep tax law and knowledge”. Her profile can be found here.

Tax Director Sarah Stenton is also listed in the guide and described as having an “enviable reputation” in the field. The guide quotes a successful recent case involving a high net worth individual accused of fraud by HMRC after participating in an aggressive tax avoidance scheme. In this case, Sarah negotiated a civil settlement with HMRC and successfully defended the fraud allegation. Sarah’s profile can be found here.



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